The aggregate minerals survey provides information on the national and regional sales, inter-regional flows, transportation, consumption and permitted reserves of primary aggregates in England. The surveys cover both land won and marine dredged aggregates.
The survey is used to inform government on the production, movement and consumption of aggregates in order to monitor and revise the aggregates guidelines, which support the National Planning Policy Framework, and to monitor and develop planning policies for the managed supply of aggregates in England.
The national collations of the 1997, 2001, 2005 and 2009 aggregate minerals surveys can be found on the National Archive website.
The annual minerals raised inquiry survey results are derived from a survey of mineral operators carried out by the Office for National Statistics under Section 1 of the Statistics of Trade Act 1947. The survey provides data on non-energy mineral production in Great Britain and, in particular, data on extracted sales of chalk, clays, crushed rock, dolomite, granite, limestone, peat, ore minerals, salt, sandstone, sand and gravel, slate and other minerals, together with employment for each quarry type.
The data are used by government, planning authorities and industry to assist land use planning and decision-making for the supply of minerals in Great Britain. The data are also used by the department to meet the obligations of European Union regulation, and by the Office for National Statistics to compile the national accounts.